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mambo (ˈmæmbəʊ Pronunciation for mambo



(plural) -bos
  1. a modern Latin American dance, resembling the rumba, derived from the ritual dance of voodoo
  2. a voodoo priestess


-bos, -boing, -boed
  1. (intransitive) to perform this dance

Word Origin

American Spanish, probably from Haitian Creole: voodoo priestess

Example Sentences Including 'mambo'

' Salsa, mambo , funky cumbia, Latin jazz, merengue and reggaeton, the latest Latino dance craze, will all be featured in the show.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)
A smattering of Harlem sound, hip-hop and surprisingly, salsa, goes into a mambo effort that's given him a Billboard No. 1 hit.
India Today (1999)
Baldursson had a No 1 in Iceland with his `jazz and mambo "band Bogovil Font and the Millionaires and runs a drum studio.
Misc (1998)
Full Ponty for mambo Mat; The Goss The Biz; NOW Competition; Mucho Mambo
Sun, News of the World (1999)
If that's what doing the mattress mambo gets you, then forget it!
Sun, News of the World (2002)
There was swing and jive in the dance halls, mambo in the bars, boogie-woogie piano playing in the dockside cathouses.
O'Connor, Joe Desperadoes


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